Kelly Fahey

Study Reveals Wide Income, Racial Inequality in Orange County

Orange County continues to find itself among the healthiest counties in the Tar Heel State. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released the annual County Health Rankings, which had Orange County coming in second place in overall county health in North Carolina this year behind only Wake County. This positive ranking is overshadowed, however, by the fact that the county has the largest income inequality for a county with more than 100,000 residents in the state. Communications manager for the Orange County Health Department Kristin Prelipp said this distinction is nothing...

Read More

Chatham County to Examine Commissioner Election Methods

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners recently authorized the formation of a temporary task force to study and develop recommendations for possible expansion of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners and how members are elected. The decision comes amid fast population growth in the county, which is expected to continue, especially with the development of Chatham Park. As it stands, Chatham County is divided into five commissioner districts, with one commissioner selected from each district. The commissioner must live in the district from which they are selected, but they are chosen by voters from all five districts in the...

Read More

Orange County Commissioner Visits White House

Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich paid a visit to the White House earlier this month to attend a meeting for North Carolina’s elected officials on intergovernmental relationships between local and federal officials. Rich was the only Orange County commissioner to attend, although officials from Durham and Wake counties were also in attendance. As an outspoken progressive, Rich said many colleagues were taken off guard that she would visit the Trump White House. “Folks were a little shocked that I was going because I’ve got a pretty loud voice, and I’m not shy about letting people know how I feel...

Read More

Major Developments Moving Along in Chapel Hill

Several major development projects are underway in Chapel Hill, with some closer to completion than others. Town staff provided an update to the Orange County Board of Commissioners at a recent meeting. Carraway Village, Glen Lennox and Blue Hill District mixed-use spaces are all underway – the furthest along of which being Caraway Village – along with the redevelopment of the UNC Health Care-owned Eastowne Medical Office and the upcoming Wegmans, which is currently receiving clearing and grading permits. Director for Planning and Development Services for Chapel Hill Ben Hitchings said the town is keeping affordability in mind when...

Read More

Chapel Hill Police Report Telephone Scam

The Chapel Hill Police Department has received calls from citizens claiming scammers are impersonating police and other agencies requesting money to clear criminal charges from their record. Chapel Hill Police warn that these calls should be considered fraudulent and request that any calls of this nature be reported to them immediately. Similar scams have been reported by other local law enforcement agencies. If anyone asks for money, gift cards or personal information while claiming to be a police officer, the Chapel Hill Police Department requests that you take note of identifying details such as accent, what agency they claim...

Read More

UNC’s Primary Medical Care Program Ranks Best in Nation

UNC School of Medicine’s Primary Care program came in the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. The program was ranked No. 2 in last year’s rankings. Vice Dean for Education for the UNC School of Medicine Dr. Julie Byerly called the achievement a point of pride for the university. “We’ve been working really hard to improve our programs in primary care to make sure that we’ve genuinely earned that number one ranking,” said Byerly, “and I believe we have.” The program also has the lowest in-state tuition out of all the universities ranked in...

Read More